The Rialto Unified School District has decided not to ask its eighth-grade students to argue whether the Holocaust happened after the assignment came under fire.
The decision to revise the assignment came Monday after it drew criticism from the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which called it "grotesque" in a statement issued that same day.
School administrators planned to "assure that any references to the Holocaust 'not occurring' would be stricken from any research assignment," KTLA-TV reported, citing a district statement.
Students were asked to research and write an argumentative essay about whether the Holocaust actually occurred or if it was "merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth."
They were required to analyze information from multiple, credible sources.